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“Beachcomber Restaurant is One of a Kind”

Crystal Cove State Park
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$149.99*
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Orange County Beaches Helicopter Tour from Long Beach
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

If you ever get to Irvine, Newport Beach or Laguna Beach, be sure to have breakfast at The Beachcomber Restaurant located on the ocean in Crystal Cove State Park. This restaurant and bar is one of those hidden gems that locals knew about for years and didn't want to share with anyone else! It's that unique and special!

Once you experience it, you'll understand why. It's a funky place that seats about 50-60 persons and sits on the beach some 50 yards from the Pacific Ocean. It's renown for its pancakes and mimosas. Surrounded by old cottages that have been featured in numerous Hollywood films, The Beachcomber is easily accessible by car or trolley bus. We prefer to park in the Crystal Cove State Park parking lot (watch for the signs just off the Pacific Coast Highway), then take the trolley bus down to the beach. Elderly people can be dropped off near the restaurant and then you can return to the parking lot to park your car. It costs $1 per person each way. The bus drivers are real characters, too! If you're looking for a little exercise, you can walk the 3/4 mile trail from the parking lot to the beach and restaurant. It's well marked and safe.
Be sure to save your restaurant receipt since proof of a meal will earn you free parking in the State Park parking lot as you exit the lot.

Reservations are a good idea since it's a popular spot. But, if you go on a whim, submit your name to the hostess and pass the time walking the beach or checking out the artsy cottages next door to The Beachcomber.

Thank Tom H
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Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

Crystal cove state park and cabin rentals take you away to another time of simple beach living. Restored beachside cabins are simplistic and it can get busy and noisy during the day but the setting down the small cannon walls takes you out of the over produced mansions and luxury resorts and into a world of beach living from the 1940-50s.
If you want to truly get away and just enjoy the calm waters of Crystal Cove ( most beaches in So Cal have to strong of waves for inexperienced young swimmers) than this is a great family spot. This beach is the closest to beaches we like to visit in Kawaii.
If you are looking for upscale luxury this is not for you. Think of the cabins as upscale camping with a great restaurant and bar:)

Thank Adenclark
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

I've visited a lot of state beaches in California, and this is by far THE best State beach. It has miles of sandy beach for walking and running, and a lot of tidal pools and rocks with plenty of things to explore. The paid parking was worth every penny. The entire park/beach was clean. It was just gorgeous. There were several entrances to the State Park, Reef Point is probably the best place to start. Clean bathrooms next to the parking lot. You can walk on the bluff or go on the beach, or hike in the back country. I'd love to come back and go hiking next time. From the Reef Point, the walk to the beach was pretty easy with stairs and steps. Other entrances look steep without steps.

Thank snoopyca
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

We spent quite a bit of time on this beach during our recent stay at the Marriott property that is walking distance from Crystal Cove. The beach was fabulous. Flat, clean, beautiful sand and tide pools to explore. Lots of sea life visible in the tide pools, which was so much fun for the kids. We also used the beach for our morning runs, perfect long stretches of flat ground and gorgeous views as we ran.

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Reviewed December 15, 2013

What a hidden gem this beach park is. Our family had a wonderful playing at this beach. The only negative is the poor planning on the parking which to my knowledge is the only way to Come to the beach. The walkway seems to make visiting the park for anyone with disabilities very difficult.

Thank Mouserina
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